Sets up, operates, or tends machines, such as glass forming machines, plodder machines, and tuber machines, to shape and form products, such as glassware, food, rubber, soap, brick, tile, clay, wax, tobacco, or cosmetics.
This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.
A person in this career:
- Adjusts machine components to regulate speeds, pressures, and temperatures, and amounts, dimensions, and flow of materials or ingredients.
- Presses control buttons to activate machinery and equipment.
- Examines, measures, and weighs materials or products to verify conformance to standards, using measuring devices such as templates, micrometers, or scales.
- Monitors machine operations and observes lights and gauges to detect malfunctions.
- Clears jams, and removes defective or substandard materials or products.
- Notifies supervisors when extruded filaments fail to meet standards.
- Records and maintains production data, such as meter readings, and quantities, types, and dimensions of materials produced.
- Reviews work orders, specifications, or instructions to determine materials, ingredients, procedures, components, settings, and adjustments for extruding, forming, pressing, or compacting machines.
- Turns controls to adjust machine functions, such as regulating air pressure, creating vacuums, and adjusting coolant flow.
- Cleans dies, arbors, compression chambers, and molds, using swabs, sponges, or air hoses.